Because it’s a fascinating part of our country’s history, that’s why. And Gordon Lightfoot makes it so intriguing, how can you not be fascinated?! (See the link for his very famous song, below)
And I love history.
Okay, so I love Michigan and the Great Lakes too. Very much.
But, before I give today’s history lesson, here are some very chilling facts about Lake Superior, the deepest and coldest of the Great Lakes. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It is a Great Lake that has as much water as the other four Great Lakes combined…even throwing in two extra Lake Erie’s. It is a lake, that if the United States were made into a swimming pool, it would fill that pool with 5 feet of water.
Lake Superior is the lake that took down the Edmund Fitzgerald, a ship leaving Wisconsin, carrying 26,000 tons of Iron, headed for Detroit, on November 10th, 1975. One minute there was communication, the next minute….it was gone. All 29 crewmen were lost. It was sank in 530 feet of water. The true mystery, is that no one knows exactly what happened.
As a little girl, growing up in Michigan (and having a fisherman father who loved History more than anyone I knew) The Edmund Fitzgerald was something I was destined to know about and become a little obsessed with.
My mom and dad took us camping whenever we could and I distinctly remember a trip to Sault Ste. Marie, (pronounced Soo Saint Marie) in the Upper Peninsula, where we learned a lot about this ship….and played with otters. No, for real. Otters…running around like squirrels. It was awesome.
Tequamenon Falls, Upper Peninsula
Breathtaking. Beautiful. Unbelievable. Can I sell you on Michigan for a moment? At some point in your life, visit Michigan. Go to Ludington, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, Mackinaw City, Mackinac (Also pronounced Mackinaw) Island, Tequamenon Falls, Sault Ste. Marie, Pictured Rocks, Escanaba…I could go on and on. Visit Michigan. You won’t regret it.
Hey, even my Ohio loving, Ohio State Fan Husband…no clue how this marriage works, FYI…loved visiting the state with me.
And while you’re there, all the way at the top of the peninsula…visit The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. The bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald was recovered and now sits in the museum on display. It will be used today (November 10th) in the annual ceremony to remember all 29 crewmen.
Oh, and sit down with a cup of coffee and take in the words of this song. Haunting.
Go visit Michigan.